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  • Weird Keyboard Layouts: A Showcase

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    There's no place like home row, am I right? We have all undoubtedly come a long way from typing our very first letters to the point it becomes second nature, but it's probably safe to say that many of us don't know much about what lies beyond the standard QWERTY keyboard. Well, there's so much more. Let's take a look at some popular and regional keyboard layouts.
  • My Month Without a Smartphone

    By Rob Thubron on

    You've probably seen plenty of "I spent a week without my smartphone" articles based on short social experiments. Two things make this article different from all those others. First, I've been without my device for over a month now, not a week. And second, I didn't choose to go this long without my phone, it was taken from me -- in a way.
  • The Best Video Game Gamepad Controllers

    By Luke Plunkett on

    No pad from the 80s or 90s is going to compare with a DualShock 4 or Xbox controller in terms of comfort or features, nor be suitable for the games we're playing today, but that's not the point: the point will be how well did a controller reflect the games and needs of a player at the time?
  • Make Chrome Run Faster and Keep RAM Usage Under Control

    By Jose Vilches on

    For all its popularity Chrome is also notorious for its habit of consuming a lot of RAM and draining battery life on laptops. Google is continually improving in this area, but there are some things you can do to curb memory usage and keep Chrome from becoming slow and annoying. We'll also share some 'hidden' features to get the most out of your web browsing experience.
  • How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Today's modern games and many productivity applications can consume 4GB on its own, so there's little argument for not going with 8GB. However, the need for 16GB of memory is a hotly debated subject, so today we are going see if and where this much memory might be useful for desktop users.
  • Long Live the Mouse and Keyboard, a Great Way to Control Video Games

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    A year or so ago I moved my gaming PC away from the TV and upstairs to my desk. I got a monitor that's better than that TV. So, I decided to start using a mouse and keyboard again. I'm not really to the point where I obsess over DPI or key resistance or anything like that. I've found a pretty standard setup, and I stick with it. It's still been interesting returning to the mouse and keyboard fold after so many years away. Here's what I've learned.
  • Great Wallpaper Resources to Keep Your Desktop and Phone Home Screen Fresh

    By Jose Vilches on

    There's no shortage of great places to find something to revitalize your home screens, whether you are into beautiful landscapes, abstract illustrations or simple designs and patterns. If you are still rocking your device's default wallpaper and need some inspiration to mix it up a bit here are some great resources to get you started.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC CPU & GPU Performance

    By Matt Bach on

    When configuring a workstation for Premiere Pro, there is a huge variety of components that you need to choose from. Everything from what CPU and video card to the number and speed of drives you need should be taken into consideration. In this article we will be testing several CPU and GPU options you might consider in a workstation.
  • The Dark Web: What Is It and How To Access It

    By Jose Vilches on

    The deep web is not actually a 'place' but rather anywhere other than the visible web that is crawled, indexed and accesed through links fetched by search engines. It's several times bigger than the visible web, and it encompasses a lot more than the illegal or otherwise questionable activities that it is often associated with -- though there's certainly a lot of that going on, too.
  • Top Wi-Fi Information and Optimization Utilities

    By Erik Orejuela on

    First and foremost, why do you need a Wi-Fi information/optimization tool? Although the range of functions varies in the programs listed, they all share a common goal which is to provide the necessary information about the Wi-Fi networks available so you can choose the best options for you.
  • Xerox PARC: A Nod to the Minds Behind the GUI, Ethernet, Laser Printing, and More

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

    Launched in 1970, Xerox's PARC has played an instrumental role in the engineering of laser printing and many of the technologies that compose the PC you're reading this on: the graphical user interface, ethernet, the mouse, among others. We'd like to take a few and give credit where credit's due.
  • Biggest Rivalries in Computing History

    By Rob Thubron on

    Pepsi vs. Cola, Edison vs. Tesla, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, history is filled with famous rivalries, but few have matched the intensity and, quite often, the viciousness that comes when two tech industry giants clash heads. Chartering their path from the dawn of computers to the current digital age, here are the five biggest rivalries in computing history.
  • In Hindsight... Infamous Tech Industry Predictions and Quotations

    By Graham Singer on

    The tech industry is known for its predictive pronouncements and verbal sparring as for its actual innovation. Many have felt compelled to follow Intel co-founder Gordon Moore (of Moore's Law fame) in bringing their judgements and observations into the public eye... with varying degrees of success. Here's a taste of those now infamous quotes.
  • A Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line

    By Himanshu Arora on

    Do you think of the command line as an antiquated leftover from the past, or an old fashioned way of interacting with a computer? Think again. In Linux, it is the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks. Let's jump into the basics of the Linux command line including directory navigation, file/directory operations, and more.
  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide

    By TechSpot Staff on

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware spanning five budgets that go from affordable to well-balanced to outright extreme machine . Whether you're a first time builder seeking guidance or a seasoned enthusiast, we have you covered.
  • Memorable Overclocking-Friendly CPUs

    By Graham Singer on

    Enthusiasts have been pushing the limits of silicon for as long as microprocessors have existed. Early endeavors involved soldering and replacing crystal clock oscillators, but evolving standards brought options for changing system bus speeds via motherboard DIP switches and jumpers, while some of the most daring would gain boosts through hard modding. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess.
  • Three Apps to Combine All Your Messaging Clients Into One

    By Jose Vilches on

    Instant messaging is an increasingly competitive market and despite your best efforts to keep it simple, it's hard to avoid keeping two or three apps around to keep in touch with different groups of people. If this sounds familiar there are a handful of all in one messaging clients that can make things more convenient by keeping all your chats under one roof.
  • Using a U2F Key to Secure Your Google, Dropbox, and GitHub Accounts

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    Last week we discussed the basics of two-factor authentication (2FA) and we wanted to delve deeper into one of its methods that go beyond SMS and app-based authentication. The FIDO U2F keys act like secure pen drives you can use for two-factor authentication and the best part of all, they are less than $20.
  • Video Games Are Better The Second Time You Play Them

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    I love to replay games. It's something my colleagues occasionally give me crap for. They worry I'm sacrificing time I could otherwise spend on new games re-experiencing old ones. I do play games for a living, so I always try to maintain a healthy mix of new ones in my rotation. But I'm almost always replaying something.
  • Two-Factor Authentication: Methods and Myths

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    When I mentioned to a few friends that I was writing a feature about two-step authentication, the typical response was an eye-roll and "Oh, that annoying thing?..." We've all had that thought when we needed to get a code before we could verify our identity online. However, after much research about two-factor authentication (often referred to as 2FA), I don't think I'll roll my eyes at it anymore.
  • Then and Now: Six Generations of $200 Mainstream Radeon GPUs Compared

    By Steven Walton on

    With the wait for next-gen AMD Vega parts becoming longer than anticipated, and considering we do their latest $200-250 offering on hand, the Radeon RX 480, we're adding a new test to our 'Then and Now' series, comparing six generations of mainstream Radeon graphics cards.
  • TechSpot Best of IFA 2016

    By TechSpot Staff on

    After several long days seeking out the best products on show at IFA's 1.6 million square foot display area, I returned home from Berlin both impressed and excited about the future of technology.
  • The Portable Workstation: Coupling Dell's XPS 13 Ultraportable with the 32" UltraSharp UP3216Q 4K Monitor

    By Shawn Knight on

    Dell recently came knocking with a simple proposition: they would send us their XPS 13 ultraportable and the 32-inch UltraSharp UP3216Q 4k monitor to play with and see how we liked it to replace one of our editor's workstation desktop PC. Being able to give away the bundle to one of our readers post-experiment was the icing on the cake.
  • Nvidia Pascal Goes Mobile: GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 & 1060 Preview

    By Steven Walton on

    Last week we were in Bangkok to attend Nvidia's special media event. The product to be unveiled was unknown so I was intrigued to say the least. Having just announced the Pascal Titan X we suspected a GTX 1080 Ti card might follow. So was it a brand new high-end gaming GPU? A boring but uber-capable server GPU? Mobile, mobile was overdue.
  • Supercharge Your Desktop and Mobile Productivity With These Clipboard Managers

    By Jose Vilches on

    The clipboard has evolved significantly throughout the years, but for all its usefulness, operating systems like Windows and macOS seem content with offering basic functionality and letting power users with more specific needs use third party clipboard managers. Here are our favorite options.
  • How to Watch Netflix with Friends Anywhere (and No, It's Not Illegal to Share Your Password)

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    Netflixing alone can get lonely, so can we combine the best of both worlds? Yes, by watching the same Netflix program together in different places. Win, win, my friends. But it's not the most clear cut thing to achieve.
  • Delete the Windows.old Folder and Save Space (Again)

    By Julio Franco on

    To keep on the safe side, Microsoft's install setup saves a full copy of your current Windows installation (that's the Windows.old directory right there), and while this will come handy in case something goes wrong or you need to revert back, it will also occupy several gigabytes of precious storage.
  • Should You Quit Your Job To Go Make Video Games?

    By Steve Marinconz on

    Your boss just pulled you into another surprise meeting. You've got a case of the Mondays. And your raise got rejected. Why not leave it all behind and roll the dice on a new career in video games? There are endless reasons to take the risk of quitting your job, and just as many reasons to tough it out and stay the safe course. The tricky part is figuring out which apply to you.
  • How This Long-Time iPhone User Switched to Android

    By Jose Vilches on

    I've been an iPhone user for over six years now and up until recently I had only used Android for minutes at a time and never as my daily driver. But hearing how Google's smartphone platform had evolved so significantly since I first became an iPhone user, both in terms of software and hardware, I decided it was time to give it a try. Read on for my experiences thus far.
  • How to Take Amazing Fireworks Photos

    By Shawn Knight on

    You don't have to be a professional photographer to snap amazing pictures of fireworks. All you need is some basic equipment and know-how, the latter of which we offer up here.